A perfect stop roughly midway between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the Santa Maria Valley blends its historic ranching and farming traditions with an ever-growing reputation as one of California`s top wine regions. Come to this northern Santa Barbara County region for succulent Santa Maria-style barbecue, delicately seasoned and slow-grilled over red oak, there`s nothing like a steak barbecued Santa Maria–style. To experience the best of the local wine scene, follow the Santa Maria Valley Wine Trail, which leads to 15 area wineries. Hit the road and explore all you can do in and around Santa Maria Valley. You`ll find it`s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less.